From Queenstown: Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise

Activity provider: Milford Sound Select

From Queenstown: Milford Sound Premium Day Tour and Cruise

Activity provider: Milford Sound Select

From US$ 161.60 per person

Sit back, relax and enjoy the scenery in the warmth and comfort of a luxury coach with glass rooftop as you travel from Queenstown to Milford Sound, then embark on a stunning wildlife cruise. Stop multiple times for breathtaking photo opportunities.

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Duration 12 hours
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4 hours
  • Queenstown

  • 2.5 hours
  • Te Anau (break)

  • 45 minutes
  • Milford Sound (boat cruise)

  • 5 hours
  • Queenstown

Pickup included
Main stop
Other stop
  • Marvel at the wildlife and beautiful vistas aboard a boat on Milford Sound
  • Cruise in ultimate comfort in one of the saloons or on the spacious deck
  • Sit back and relax along the way on a custom-built coach with extra legroom
  • Stop multiple times on the way to Milford Sound for breathtaking photo stops
  • Purchase some tasty snacks to enjoy as you take in the breathtaking views
Full description

This coach trip includes a Milford Sound cruise aboard a comfortable, purpose-built cruise boat with optional lunch and refreshments. Enjoy multiple stops on your way to Milford Sound which makes the day even more amazing!

When you arrive in Te anau - your first stop of the day - enjoy a toilet break and time to grab something from the cafe. They have great coffee, muffins, and snacks.

Enjoy a stop at the mirror lakes, a beautiful 5-minute boardwalk through a rainforest, and other photo opportunities that make your journey to Milford Sound even more special. 

On arrival at Milford Sound, you immediately proceed to the boat terminal, where your driver will give you your boat pass and direct you to your cruise boat. On boarding, make yourself comfortable in one of the saloons or catch the scenery from the decks.

Milford Sound is famous for its waterfalls, and if it's raining it's even more spectacular. The boats nudge right up to the base of the waterfalls, often challenging visitors to fill a glass of water from the cascading plumes.

This luxury tour already has reserved window seating for you - so no need to worry about getting a seat. On board feel free to buy yourself snacks and sandwiches from the cafe or treat yourself to a buffet lunch.

The boats are often escorted by pods of dolphins, while seals bask on the rocks. Take in the stunning scenery while your skipper gets you as close as possible to the wildlife for some fantastic photos. 

The cruise will take you out to the point where the fiord meets the open sea, and it is here at Anita Bay that the Maori collected their sacred Pounamu or Greenstone – prized for making tools, jewelry, and ornaments, and still a highly-valued stone today. 

  • Air-conditioned coach with reclining seats, ample legroom, PA/sound system, and safety features
  • Cruise vessel with tables, viewing areas, and liquor facilities
  • Complimentary tea and coffee on board
  • Milford Sound cruise
  • Live tour commentary provided in English on the coach
  • Multiple photo stops on the way to Milford Sound
  • Snacks (available for purchase)

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Meeting point

Please head inside the Southern Discoveries office to check in.

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Important information

What to bring

  • Sunglasses
  • Camera
  • Food
  • Weather-appropriate clothing

Know before you go

  • Appropriate child restraints are not provided by the activity provider so please carry your own child seat. Without this, you may be turned away and unable to take the tour.
Customer reviews

Overall rating

4.7 /5

based on 213 reviews

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Our Driver and host for the day (Salendra) was amazing. Very knowledgeable and entertaining. The trip was filled with lots of opportunities to take photos and soak in the amazing landscape. The cruise was also great and I highly recommend this activity! The long day was made light fun and entertaining I would this again if I get an opportunity

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January 11, 2023

This was a great way to tick Milford off your bucket list! You literally just sit and enjoy the scenery with handy stops along the way for a bite to eat and a couple photo opportunities (if it isn’t busy). It is a long drive and the bus so prepare for that. Thankfully on our way back we got to watch a Kea documentary and a NZ film. This made the trip back very quick! The Picnic lunch on the boat was delicious with a fresh sandwich and great snacks to fill you up. Great value for money. The cruise was very heavily touristy (for want of a better word), which stole the magic of the natural beauty of the Milford. Of course everyone wants to take photos understandably but the crowd made it less precious. Seating inside was comfy and my 5 month pregnant wife was very thankful for that. Staff were attentive and very alert to everyone, smiley and cheerful to share an experience with everyone. The boat is very big to accommodate everyone.

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January 6, 2023

The thought of coach travel doesn’t usually tick my box but for the desire to get out and about without a hire car I was pleased with the informative commentary provided over the 8 hours of driving. The destination was brilliant, the promotional blurb on the website says that rainy days are better than fine - well we had rain leaving Queenstown and for a few hours creating literally hundreds of waterfalls along the journey and in the Sound. Couldn’t be happier.

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September 21, 2022

Product ID: 109069